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The University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh , Scotland ,United Kingdom

Finance, Technology and Policy MSc

Market functions hold significant societal impacts and are vital for the development of transparent, informationally efficient and fair financial systems.

How well financial markets operate influences real-world issues, including job creation and credit approval.

Technology has fuelled the rise of ultra-fast high-tech, opaque trading venues and expanded access to financial services across the globe.

While there are positive aspects to these changes, the emergence of new technology-driven paradigms has also increased concerns about the integrity and fairness of financial systems.

Concurrently, the pace of technological transformation in financial services and markets has led to the emergence of a knowledge gap in the fast-growing intersection between finance and technology.

The first programme of its kind in the world, our MSc in Finance, Technology and Policy was developed as an interdisciplinary response to this knowledge gap and as a platform to evaluate and debate the impact of technology on the financial services industry and financial markets.

Why Edinburgh
The programme offers a unique degree sitting at the intersection of the three most important drivers of a modern economy:

  • financial services/markets
  • technology
  • policy

In this programme, you will gain an understanding of broader links between financial services and technology on the one hand, and policy and the technological transformation of the financial markets and services on the other.

Intakes

  • Feb

Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

MSc Finance, Technology, and Policy provide training for pursuing careers in the industry/private (including voluntary) sector, public sector, and further study or employment in academic institutions.

Knowledge and skills gained from this program will help you to apply for jobs in, for example:

  • financial technology products-linked firms (for example, Seedrs, as product developers/managers)
  • trading/investment desks and back offices of financial institutions such as Barclays Capital, Baillie Gifford and RBS (as fund managers and product development team leads/members)
  • market and consumer research centers/firms
  • regulatory agencies/government ministries and departments (for example, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Prudential Regulatory Authority, and the Bank of England)
  • academia through further research at PhD level

PSW Opportunity

  • 2 years

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

Postgraduate entry requirements for students from India.

In order to qualify for entry to master’s study at the University of Edinburgh, you must have a good degree from a highly ranked university in India.

  • Entry requirements will vary, depending on the intended programme of study. However, the minimum score you should have achieved is 60% or more in your Bachelor's study.
  • We may also accept equivalent qualifications or work experience.
  • Applicants who meet this minimum may be considered for entry and will be measured competitively against other applicants. For many of our programmes, competition is high and in the majority of cases, a very high First Class degree will be required. Certain programmes will also have specific requirements in terms of both the overall degree result and strengths in particular subjects which are seen as relevant to that degree.

Graduate entry to Medicine (MBChB)

Applicants with an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline will be considered for the 6 year programme.